Yin Yoga classes focus on the skeletal system and soft tissue of the body. Whereas other yoga styles are heat inducing and focus on the strength and flexilibity of muscles, yin yoga aims to stretch soft tissue, compress bone and activate the meridian system hidden within our connective tissue. The majority of yin positions are sitting or reclining, but there are some active ‘yang’ style poses in the yin tradition. Yin poses are held from 3-5 minutes as connective tissue is not as easily manipulated as muscle. Yin Yoga rehabilitates and strengthens connective joint tissue. This style of yoga is especially important for people who push their bodies with things like cycling, running, tennis, power yoga and other sports. It is a quiet, meditative practice that requires surrender.